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US Reacts to President Kenyatta-Raila Unity Pledge

11 March 2018

I have been advised of media reports that the People's President, Raila Amolo Odinga has "reconciled" with the despotic president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kulanka dib Uhuru Kenyatta iyo Raila Odinga ayaa si wada jir ah ula hadlay saxaafadda ka isla markaana balan qaaday in ay bilaabayaan geedi socod dib u heshiisiinta.

One analyst said his arrival could be linked to the rapprochement between Kenyatta and Odinga.

"We believe that there are actions that need to be taken in Kenya and that they need to correct certain actions like shutting down independent TV stations and threatening the independence of the courts", he said.

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Khilaafka ka dhashay Doorashadii Kenya ayaa la sheegay in ay ku dhinteen 150 qof.

Odinga, who spoke first, expressed similar sentiments.

On the streets of Nairobi, Kenyans also welcomed the leaders' agreeing to work together.

Before the Friday meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders, and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections. He said he was due back in the country on March 26, 2018 "so as to continue the struggle for electoral justice and the culture of impunity that both Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta now represent". "It is good for the country", he said.

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Tillerson, who arrived in Nairobi on Friday afternoon as part of his tour of Africa, said the U.S.is interested in widening its investment in Kenya and strengthening trade relations between the two countries. So, I think it's a really good idea that they've met.

The Big Four agenda include increasing manufacturing contribution to the economy from 9 percent to 15 percent, achieving universal access to health insurance, achieving food security status and building 500,000 new homes. "The United States looks forward to supporting the process that was announced this morning to bring the country together, and to address the various national divisions".

Kenya was plunged into political crisis after the Supreme Court annulled the August presidential election, due to irregularities, and Odinga and his supporters boycotted a second round in October.

"The meeting must have been come out of pressure from the USA secretary of state", Andati said.

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Political analyst and writer Patrick Gathara said such a dialogue is still needed despite Friday's meeting.

US Reacts to President Kenyatta-Raila Unity Pledge